Vineyard: Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão vineyards with vines over 60 years of age. All harvesting is done by hand.
Viticulture: Niepoort is practicing organic.
Vinification: Foot trodden in lagars and then fermented in small wooden casks.
Aging: The wine ages in the small wooden casks at the Niepoort lodge in Gaia until 2012 when it was bottled.
Notes: Wonderful brick red/brown colour. Delightful vinous aroma, well integrated with dried fruits aromas. A unique flavor reminiscent of dried prunes and apricots on the palate, leading to an elegant spirity finish.
Publication: Wine advocate
The 1997 Colheita Tawny Port was bottled in 2016 with a long cork. Delectable, but wonderfully refined and elegant, this is--roughly--a 20 year tawny that doesn't hit you over the head with power and depth, but has complexity and length to spare. The molasses on the finish, with just a hint of treacle, gives this layers and intensity of flavor, but it always seems youthful, too--sometimes, more so than the 2005 bottling reviewed this issue. Going less for the "big bang" and more for silky sensuality, this is one to linger with and contemplate. It's lovely as well as lively. Pricing was not available as of this writing.